No past attached

More often than not, we make present choices based off of past experiences. And while in most instances that’s smart, given that our past usually teaches us a lesson and makes us wiser, what about when the past clouds our judgement and makes us act out of fear, rather than wisdom? What then?

Instead, what if we had the chance to start each day with a completely clean slate, no past attached. We could interact with one another as though there’s no history that may influence our actions. We could try new things without worry or anxiety that it may not work out in the future. We could take a risk and not second guess whether it’s the right move or not.

We could live in the moment. Just as it is.

This doesn’t have to be a hypothetical situation. As you go about your day, try to make your decisions out of courage rather than fear. Trust that while your yesterdays are important because they led you to this moment, they aren’t the deciding factor in how and why you make your next move.

Because here’s the truth: there’s no better time to live your life than right now. Don’t let your past rob you of the present.

Practice what you preach.

I preach speaking your mind in almost every blog post of mine. I’m a blunt and opinionated young woman and I think it’s healthy to say how you feel as long as it’s done in a constructive manner. But that doesn’t always mean it’s an easy thing to do. It’s actually quite terrifying the vast majority of the time. But want to know what the upside is? It’s worth it.

There have been things I’ve been wanting to say for months now. Yet for some reason it never felt like the right time or place to bring it up. And maybe it wasn’t. But tonight I realized that you have to create that right time or place for yourself. Nobody is going to sit around and ask you, “hey do you have anything you’d like to get off of your mind today?” It doesn’t work that way in today’s crazy society.

So be a little pushy (not rude, but respectfully aggressive) and create the opportunity to speak your mind where there was not one before. It’s miraculous how I feel physically better after letting go of words, thoughts & feelings that have been trapped inside of my tiny not even 5-foot body.

My life is not drastically different now. I still have to wake up in 6 hours to go to work, pay my bills, hit the gym and all of the usual things that consume my day. But i’ll be walking around a little more open-minded, light-hearted and stress-free than I was yesterday. And to me, that is well worth the nerves and uncertainty that overtook me right before I decided to be brave, live in the moment and not worry about the outcome of my instincts.